As a preamble to this test
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) to surf the Internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. An inexpensive computer such as ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) may seem to be the solution. Lenovo is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
The screen is quite large, with 15 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. With a processor Core i3-1005G1, Lenovo offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. The 8 Gb of RAM is in the average for this type of product. If needed you can add more, thanks to the extra slots inside.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. It is in the average range of what is done with today’s battery technology. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) the right choice for watching movies ?
Lenovo presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Lenovo presents this model in a large size version. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 15 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1920×1080. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.8 kg.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Core i3-1005G1 is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel UHD G1 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 5 ports. It’s better than the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. 6 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) compatible with on the move use ?
It ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR). It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.8 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. With its 15 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
With the installation of the processor Core i3-1005G1, the power consumption is rather important.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 6 hours before the breakdown.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. The reason for this is its size; with 15 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The connector part is very interesting, with 5 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for travel use.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) the right choice for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. Clearly, this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. With these components, Lenovo puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Core i3-1005G1 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
For the autonomy part, Lenovo proposes last generation batteries. Indicated for an autonomy of 6 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
With the ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR), you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for video games?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) wasn’t designed for video games. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Since Lenovo has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 256 Gb it ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR)is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.8 Kg and 15 inches), comparable to most similar products.
Please note that with an autonomy of 6 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) one. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
The ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for office automation.
Like the majority of its competitors, Lenovo has designed ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) for office automation. It is a mature product.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.8 Kg.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
This ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) the right choice for the right use
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it ThinkBook 15 IIL (20SM0076FR) is disappointing whatever the uses. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing